Tell me about roof shingles…

Roof shingles are a roof covering consisting of individual overlapping rudiments. They are usually flat, rectangular shapes that are laid in paths from the bottom edge of the roof going upwards, with each following path overlapping the joints below. Shingles are made up from various materials such as wood, flagstone, slate, fibre cement, metal, plastic and composite materials such as asphalt. Roof shingles a common roofing supply. Check with your local Austin Roofer as to what shingles choices that they offer currently.

Shingle comes from the German word shindel, which means a shingle or roofing slate. Shingles were historically called tiles and shingle was a term applied to wood shingles.

Shingles are laid in courses with each single off-set from the neighboring one. The first row of shingles is called the starter course and the last row is a ridge course or ridge slate for a slate roof. The ridge is often covered with a ridge cap/board/piece/roll.

There are varied shingles available in the roofing market today:

  • Asphalt shingles are the most common of the roofing shingles available for residential roofing applications. They are easy to install, fairly affordable, last in the neighborhood of 20-50 years and come in a large number of styles and colors.

  • Wood shingles come in two basic types: shingles and shakes. The difference in the two are how they are made. Shingles are sawn and the shakes are split.

  • Stone shingles are also called slate tiles. Slate roof shingles are relatively expensive to install; however these types of covered roofs can last for decades depending on the quality of slate used. Another aspect of these roofs is the use of metal flashing which will last as long as the slate tiles. These tiles can be cut into a variety of decorative patterns and are available in a variety of colors. Flagstone and sandstone have both been used to make shingles.

  • Fibre, or fiber, cement shingles are often referred to by their manufacturer’s name such as transite or eternit. Sometimes the fiber in the cement was asbestos which has been banned for health reasons since the 1980s. Removal of these shingles requires a specific method as well as precautious disposal.

  • Metal shingles, like metal roofs, are extremely fire resistant and are used a lot in area where fires are prone to happen more often.

  • Plastic shingles are lightweight and not fragile but are very flammable. The plastic is made to look like slate shingles.

So as you can see there are many different styles of shingles to choose from. It is best to talk with your local roofer in Austin to help you to decide what is right for you. There are many different questions that come to mind when trying to decide on a type of shingle such as:

  • Do I live in an area that is fire-prone?

  • Do I want this roof to last for a long time?

  • What kind of look do I want to achieve?

Have a list of questions ready so that your local roofer will be able to help you to decide what is right for you based on your needs and wants.

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